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From practice-based knowledge to the practice of research : Revisiting constructivist research works on Knowledge

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  • Sandra Charreire-Petit

    (PESOR - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11)

  • Isabelle Huault


    (DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris-Dauphine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Research studies within organizational knowledge are good examples for both analyzing and illustrating the debate regarding a paradigm shift in management. Most articles in the field focus on knowledge complexity and its socially constructed side. Researchers have noted a great deal of similarity between this socially constructed nature and the shaping elements of constructivism. They argue for a paradigm shift, rejecting positivism. To more fully understand this paradigm shift, and to address the number of methodological questions it raises, we carried out a content analysis on a sample of the main articles dealing with organizational knowledge. Our research points out that the principles of constructivism are difficult to adhere to within research design. It underlines the lack of specific methodological devices and lack of adaptation with the epistemological system of reference. This study highlights the methodological perspectives that underpin constructivist research in organizational knowledge.

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Date of creation: 2008
Publication status: Published in Management Learning, SAGE Publications, 2008, 39 (1), pp.73-91
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00150763
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